How to remove ads by Dollar Keeper

How Dollar Keeper Works

“Dollar keeper” is classified as an adware program, and you need to remove it. Simply put, it infects your internet browser ( all browsers are affected, not just the popular ones, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.) with pop-ups, ads, hyperlinks, and basically all sorts of crap that can make your browsing experience unbearable. The advertisements appear as boxes when you hover over keywords or phrases underlined by a punctured line. Discounts on different products are displayed inside, which makes some people think “Neat!” at first, since it offers cheaper prices on the exact things you’re looking at. Unfortunately however, Dollar Keeper quickly becomes exasperating, because you can’t turn it off whether you like it or not.

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At first, this virus extension may just seem annoying, but it can actually be quite dangerous. The reason for that are some of the side “features” Dollar Keeper proposes that you install, like toolbars, fake updates of programs, and tools that would supposedly help optimize your PC. There’s just no telling what malware lurks inside these recommendations. For all you know, it may screw your PC before you realize and remove it (I’m not exaggerating here). My personal recommendation is that you do not install absolutely anything until you remove the Dollar Keeper extension.

How Dollar Keeper Entered My Computer

Most of the time, Dollar Keeper is installed with other programs that unsurprisingly fail to mention the extension during the setup process. If you recently downloaded something from one of those websites that offer free software, then that is the most likely place you got the virus. I suggest you remove the free programs too, because better safe than sorry.

Here’s the thing: it’s a public internet secret that the people who make the free software that Dollar Keeper (or other adware) comes with, are paid by parties who want to boost the standing of their affiliates. They do that by rigging your computer with ads directing you towards the websites of said affiliates.

Of course, sometimes programs do actually offer to install the adware, and you’re probably guilty of clicking Next without looking (I know I am, quite often). To make sure this never happens again, always choose Custom Installation and double check every box and step of the process.

How To Remove Dollar Keeper

The following is a step by step guide on how to remove Dollar Keeper first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing Dollar Keeper From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–> Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–> Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.pic 2

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for a program called Dollar Keeper and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as Dollar Keeper, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find a program called Dollar Keeper, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–> Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing Dollar Keeper from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.pic 3

Once there, you should look for Dollar Keeper or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–> Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in whatever you want, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find Dollar Keeper or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

For Google Chrome Users:

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–> Extensions.pic 7

Once in Extensions, find Dollar Keeper and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top), then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find Dollar Keeper and/other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For Dollar Keeper Leftovers

Right Click on the Time at the bottom right of your screen, then click Start Task Manager. From there click Processes on the band above, and try to find any of the following processes:

  • Dollar Keeper-nova.exe
  • Dollar Keeper-bg.exe
  • Dollar Keeper.exe

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If none of those are present in your task manager, then you are in the clear. If one or all of them are present, you need to go back to STEP 1 and see what you missed there.

Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove Dollar Keeper.

STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove Dollar Keeper and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–> Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove Dollar Keeper.

For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–> Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of Dollar Keeper.

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